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SBS Pāli – English Recitations

In order to foster understanding, memorization and penetration of the Buddha’s teachings, most of the chants contained in this book are recited in Pāli and English line by line in an alternating manner. In this way, over time the chanter becomes increasingly familiar with the phrases and underlying meaning contained therein, whereby a vocabulary of important Dhamma phrases and Buddha quotes grows in the mind of the reciter.

The Kamma of Arahants

by Āyasmā Ariyadhammika

Actions of Arahants are usually said to be merely functional (kiriya), and the term “kamma” is normally not used in reference to Arahants’ actions. But is such a distinction warranted? This study looks into this topic from the perspective of the discourses and offers insights into the question of whether an Arahant’s actions should be called kamma, kiriya (functional), both, or neither.

Anatta

by Āyasmā Aggacitta

Anatta, the concept of not-self, can be very confusing. We say: Nothing belongs to me; ‘not mine, not me, not my self’; all the mental defilements are just external visitors who come in and defile the mind. Then where does self-responsibility come in? If there’s no one there, who will reap the consequences of one’s actions?

Why Pick-shoo me?

by Āyasmā Aggacitta

Theravāda orthodoxy may not pick on or shoo away a non-Theravāda bhikṣuṇī, but it would certainly cause anyone who advocates the revival of the Theravāda Bhikkhunī Saṅgha to ask, “Why Pick-shoo-me?”

The Importance of Being Morally Virtuous

by Āyasmā Aggacitta

Killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and taking intoxicants are universally censurable. One who does these things is considered immoral while one who abstains from them, morally virtuous;and they are karmically responsible for their actions-whether or not they have undertaken the precepts. Nonetheless, undertaking the precepts can help reinforce kindly dispositions and change unkindly ones.

This book is available in English and Chinese.

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